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feast day: St. Michael and all the angels

The observance of St. Michael’s day is one of the oldest in the church liturgical calendar. In the Western Lutheran and Anglican traditions, this feast day celebrates all angels on this day, not just St. Michael. In the Roman and Eastern traditions, these celebrations are split into two separate feast days.

Traditional has it that St. Michael . . .

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September 29, 2016

wisdom and simplicity

The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.

—Lin Yutang

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September 08, 2016

our illegal was against ISIS

why Congress and the President need to take accountability

As a chaplain, I’m a theologian, not a lawyer. But as a commissioned officer, I’m also trained in military strategy, political science, and the ins-and-outs of making war. I have master’s degrees in both theology and military science but not law. Clearly, I am more interested in the philosophy of war—especially the notion of a just war—than I . . .

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September 06, 2016

on terror and comfort

the work of Christ in us

At times our conscience terrifies us, and our heart panics. It looks for something good in us or some good work—something for our hope to grasp hold of and think that surely God would be merciful to us and forgive us our multitude of sins, if just for this one elusive thing. Usually, our searching is for not, as we realize that we are not . . .

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September 03, 2016

a meditation

There is a contemplative in all of us, almost strangled but still alive, who craves quiet enjoyment of the Now, and longs to touch the seamless garment of silence which makes whole.

—Alan P. Tory

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August 28, 2016

why are we so afraid?

I have written before about the fear that grips Americans, including American Christians. Our entire political process is driven by fear—of the other party, of terrorism, of threats from other nations, of (fill in the blank).

It’s nonsensical.

Regarding political parties, they have both had about equal shares of the Presidency, representation . . .

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August 26, 2016

a windows-down road trip

why losing the a/c was the best part of the voyage

Heading out of Little Rock last weekend for my hometown in southern Indiana the air conditioner went out on our van. While at first our hearts all sank at the prospect of driving 400 miles with the air out through the August sun, it didn’t take long for us to realize that this accident would be the best part of the trip!

Having the windows . . .

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August 09, 2016

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